Ellis was the deputy of Meeker Springs in the CW TV series Smallville.
He appeared as a major antagonist in the episode "Harvest" of the 10th and final season.
He was portrayed by Sandy Robson.
Ellis grew up in Meeker Springs and was a child when the first meteor shower came upon Earth destroying the village leaving blue meteor rocks over town. It had purified their drinking water and made the crops and villagers healthier due to consuming Blue Kryptonite.
The leader of the congregation, Joseph Cavanagh, lost his daughter and convinced the entire village that her sacrifice had brought good fortune to them and they must pay tribute by sacrificing a young woman every year on the anniversary of the meteor shower. Ellis became a local patrolman of the village and participated in human sacrifice.
When Clark Kent and Lois Lane were driving through the country, their car broke down on the outskirts of Meeker Springs. While Clark left to fetch help, Lois met a little girl named Charlotte who took her to her home in the village. When Clark returned to the car, he couldn't find Lois and Deputy Ellis appeared on the scene and asks Clark what has happened.
Ellis tried to point Clark in another direction but when he showed him a board with nails that they drove over, Clark suggested that their supposed car accident wasn't one after all. He also found the horse and buggy tracks, and Ellis agreed to help him search for Lois. Clark and Ellis followed the tracks to an old farm building, during which the deputy seemed to continue to try and get Clark to give up on his quest in finding Lois.
He suggested that Lois probably hitched a ride back to Metropolis. Undaunted, Clark noticed blue kryptonite near a water-pump, and realizes this could be the reason why his powers aren't functioning properly. Ellis claimed that the blue rocks were a result of the meteor shower of 1989, and that since it happened, no one in their area has ever gotten sick, their crops have been perfect, and the water tastes great.
Clark then heard the sounds of bells tolling from the nearby village and wanted to investigate the town as a possible lead in finding Lois. Deputy Ellis wished he didn't hear the bells then knocked Clark unconscious. Ellis brought Clark to the Cavanagh house where Lois was held hostage. Lois uses her expert lock picking skills to pick the lock of the house's cellar.
Lois and Clark disguised themselves in order to blend in but were soon recognized and chased to the village entrance. Joseph, Ellis and others intercepted them while wearing scarecrow masks. Clark attempted to protect Lois, but Joseph sliced him open with a scythe while the rest of the congregation took Lois. Ellis and another villager buried Clark's body away from the village with Ellis saying he warned him to leave.
However, beneath the soil, Clark is protected from the low level of blue kryptonite radiating in their bodies, and is healed. After Ellis and his fellow villagers got far enough away, Clark's powers returned. Ellis returned to the village to listen to Joseph's sermon as they prepared to sacrifice Lois. Ellis was shocked to see Clark resurrected from the dead when he came to the town square to rescue Lois.
As Joseph pulled the lever releasing the blue fire on Lois, Clark races to Lois, using his body as a shield to protect her from the fire. Ellis and the villagers witness Clark heal miraculously and believe he is a messenger from God. With Clark having survived the fire, the townspeople lost faith in Joseph's 'message', Lois proclaiming a warning to the townspeople to end their sacrifices or face Clark's wrath before the two of them sped away.